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    Oct 11-17, 2019 Weekly Ride Stories

    Some time off this coming week and next, so will be keeping it weird in Santa Cruz.

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    I've been seeing those flyers all over town. Anyone going?

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    Any report on air quality? Looking like a bluebird day here in Monterey but there is a lingering smell of smoke in the air.

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    A few pictures for yesterday at Coe

    Baby Gopher snake:





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    Hog heaven:



    (Hoover "Lake".)



    The Willow Ridge Trail was the ride's target:







    A hint of fall colors as it ends in that riverbed below known as Los Cruzeros:

    Long live long rides

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    First ride in almost a month. Started PT Friday mostly focused on ROM. Asked if I could do light riding. Answer = yes ... woot!

    I rode 8.5 on about 50 / 50 dirt / pavement. Avoided all jumps, steeps, and rough stuff. I learned real quick lifting up on the bars even just to maintain a “flatish” landing was a big No No. super sharp pain across the collarbone, so I rolled everything after that. Felt good to get out! Now just need to avoid going too hard ...

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    21 miles of lame ass dusty fire roads, with the gf, on good ol Mt Tam

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    Skeggs today, rode the new Oljon connector out to Blue Blossom for the first time. That is a nicely built piece of multi-use trail, flows really well. No rangers out that I could see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roughster View Post
    First ride in almost a month. Started PT Friday mostly focused on ROM. Asked if I could do light riding. Answer = yes ... woot!

    I rode 8.5 on about 50 / 50 dirt / pavement. Avoided all jumps, steeps, and rough stuff. I learned real quick lifting up on the bars even just to maintain a “flatish” landing was a big No No. super sharp pain across the collarbone, so I rolled everything after that. Felt good to get out! Now just need to avoid going too hard ...

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    Dylan at Stanford.


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    Finally visited Demo a few weeks ago and decided to go back for a revisit today. Today's ride: 1st trip down was Flow; 2nd trip down was going to be Flow again but decided to try out Braille. So glad to have given Braille a go.

    Flow is fun, fun, fun but Braille put a smile on my face even though I skipped the big stuff.

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    Sometimes, the John Nicholas Trail is just what the doctor ordered.

    This rock is cool. It is so massive and distinctive that the trail designers at Santa Clara County Parks wanted to incorporate it into the trail experience. They made about 12 switchbacks to make it happen and you ride by the rock at three different levelsOct 11-17, 2019 Weekly Ride Stories-img_1936-1-.jpg


    Anybody go out there regularly?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Sometimes, the John Nicholas Trail is just what the doctor ordered.

    This rock is cool. It is so massive and distinctive that the trail designers at Santa Clara County Parks wanted to incorporate it into the trail experience. They made about 12 switchbacks to make it happen and you ride by the rock at three different levels.


    Anybody go out there regularly?
    That's my regular Sunday morning ride. Nothing too technical but I love the flow and popping off all of the crests and roots and side hits on the way down. I didn't notice the three levels of rock until you mentioned it but that's awesome (I've always just been focused on trying to ride those switchbacks cleanly). That scenic point with the bench is pretty killer too.

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    I had my second proper crash of the year on Ridge Trail at Russian Ridge this morning. Got a little too cocky in a leaf-covered twisty section and was promptly smited by the trail gods and banished down the hill into the oaks of poison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiddyHitch View Post
    I had my second proper crash of the year on Ridge Trail at Russian Ridge this morning. Got a little too cocky in a leaf-covered twisty section and was promptly smited by the trail gods and banished down the hill into the oaks of poison.
    Was this the section by the bleachers just before you get to the windmill?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Sometimes, the John Nicholas Trail is just what the doctor ordered.

    This rock is cool. It is so massive and distinctive that the trail designers at Santa Clara County Parks wanted to incorporate it into the trail experience. They made about 12 switchbacks to make it happen and you ride by the rock at three different levelsClick image for larger version. 

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    Anybody go out there regularly?
    JNT is one of my "usual" routes. If I want to get in about a <1 hour ride, it's perfect; start at Sanborn, go to the top and bomb back down. Perfect.

    Agree that rock is really cool; the switchbacks are a really unique feature. The trail drains so so well in the winter, and it's well covered so it never gets too hot in the summer. It seems like it is always rideable. Descending down I find myself discovering new features off to the sides of the trail. And the drop at the bottom is totally legit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    Was this the section by the bleachers just before you get to the windmill?
    No, traction is usually pretty good there since the leaves don’t seem to collect on the trail. It was the second to last covered section before you merge onto the fire road when you’re heading north-ish.

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    Looks like a chance of rain in the overnight forecast.
    I had to look to alternative weather source since that info doesn't get posted around here anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HrznRider View Post
    Finally visited Demo a few weeks ago and decided to go back for a revisit today. Today's ride: 1st trip down was Flow; 2nd trip down was going to be Flow again but decided to try out Braille. So glad to have given Braille a go.

    Flow is fun, fun, fun but Braille put a smile on my face even though I skipped the big stuff.

    is ridge trail open again or did you have to take sulphur springs up?

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    Beautiful hike tonight!

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    Anybody catch the sky tonight? I left my ride early and missed it on the trail.

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    Likewise, saw it from the driveway after tonights Fremont Older ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pedrophilia View Post
    is ridge trail open again or did you have to take sulphur springs up?
    Per signage it's suppose to be closed, so we didn't want to chance it and just went straight to Hihn's then Sulphur.

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    Yesterday, a ride out to Coit Lake in Coe on a grey, grey day...





    The lake perimeter trail:





    Tight, twisty, and level.



    Not interesting but here it is anyway...water release from the Kelly Lake dam (for a dam exam?).



    PSA, no downstream evacuation orders in place.



    The rock bike rack at the top of the Jim Donnelly Trail:

    Long live long rides

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiddyHitch View Post
    I had my second proper crash of the year on Ridge Trail at Russian Ridge this morning. Got a little too cocky in a leaf-covered twisty section and was promptly smited by the trail gods and banished down the hill into the oaks of poison.
    I returned to the scene of the crime this morning with another dad (that I dragged out of mtb hiatus) from my daughter's class but thankfully no new incidents to report. He informed me that he had a new bike on order (2019 Blur to replace a 2001 Blur). Third bike I've sold this year - I'm doing my part!

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    Did my usual once a week visit to Water Dog. Those of you that ride "The Dog" can appreciate having that little park around. Small but lots of fun and I love how it never seems like there is any trail conflict or attitudes with other trail users.

    Question on the side... I always start from the Hallmark entrance and notice some folks coming or going from a small trailhead from across the street (goes behind the houses); where does that go and is that even worth exploring?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Sometimes, the John Nicholas Trail is just what the doctor ordered.

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    Anybody go out there regularly?
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